Marge Piercy: Biography

Marge Piercy

31 mar 1936

Marge Piercy is an American novelist who was born in Michigan in 1936. She was raised in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from university. She went on to earn an MA from Northwestern University. Piercy’s love of books came from a childhood fight with rheumatic fever which left her bedbound. She had nothing to do but read and so fell in love with literature and fiction.

Piercy has written nearly 20 volumes of poems, one of which, The Moon is Always Female, has been considered a feminist classic since 1980. Nearly all of her novels and poetry are concerned with social concerns, usually feminist issues, and are set in many different and varying locations. Woman on the Edge of Time is perhaps her most famous work, and is a story of mental illness, racism and time travel. It belongs to the utopian tradition and renowned science fiction author William Gibson considers it to have been the birthplace of the cyberpunk genre. Her novel He, She and It won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1993 and Gone to Soldiers, her historical novel set during World War II, was a New York Times Bestseller.

As well as being a novelist and poet, Piercy became a social activist. She was an important contributor to the New Left in the United States and was a member of Students for a Democratic Society.

Piercy now lives in Wallfleet, Massachusetts, and continues to write poetry.